Thursday, February 9, 2017

A Valentine Affair to Remember at Impressions

A most romantic dinner at Paris in Manila, Impressions.

A glass of wine in my hand, the love of my life opposite me, and a masterfully prepared French dinner by the one and only Chef Cyrille Soenen, this promises to be one Valentine affair to remember.

Chef Cyrille Soenen, who holds the distinction of being the only resident Maitres de Cusiniers de France in the Philippines, brings to us a Romantic Rendezvous and gives a French fine dining experience to behold.

Presenting a four-course dinner menu, featuring the best of French cuisine, artfully plated and prepared with utmost care, only for the discerning in taste and with a passion for great food experiences, made espceially for you and your special someone this Valentine's!

Starting off with a mousse of scallops and celery crumble served with orange-scented tuile and basil oil, as simple as it may look, a sip of it sings out flavorful happy tunes, I was mesmerized by the scent with which I slowly scooped my way down, hoping it would not end, you know the feeling that you wanted more but just enough to prolong the exhilaration of every sip, that was how I exactly felt.


Our appetizer of poached and seared duck liver with arugula, smoked beet puree, parmesan tuile, and red onion marmalade, made the evening even better.  A hefty serving of duck liver, dash it upon the beet puree is simply heaven, you just have to taste it to see.


Warm up with a comforting bowl of creamy broth of mussels and leeks, with a healthy side of edamame and Akegai clam meuniere and micro salad.  I simply had no words on this except to ask if I can have another serving please... it is really that good.

For the entrĂ©e, you and your date will have a choice of slow-roasted Angus prime rib, roasted Chilean sea bass, or minute-marinated French duck breast – each served with sidings that best complement the central dish.


I preferred the Slow Roasted U.S. CAB Prime Rib (200 gms) with mashed potato, ratatouille and Yorkshire pudding and Veal Jus, simply put that is one fine steak, soft, succulent and grilled to perfection.


Wifey had the Roasted Chilean Sea Bass with leek and oyster risotto, sauteed mushrooms and chive cream sauce


Ask about the Mignardises, pronounced as "Min-yar-dis", you would be pleasantly surprised, and maybe someone might just pop the question after.


For dessert it is a Mixed berries and Dark Chocolate concoction, Berry chibouste,  quenelle of citrus-scented dark chocolate ganache, a sponge and coulis duo of strawberry, 70% Guanaja Valrhona gelato, chocolate soil, and meringue.  Now that's a mouthful and definitely a sweet ending to a lovely Valentine dinner.


It was a Valentine Affair to remember, a long time coming and a well deserved Valentine dinner for couples like you and me.  It is all worth it!  And at a steal of only P3k++ per pax, be sure to book yourself and your Valentine a table at Impressions on their Romantic Valentine Rendezvous offer valid only on February 14, 2017, Valentine's Day

Seats are limited so call now.  Impressions is located at 3F Maxims Hotel, Resorts World Manila, Reservations are highly recommended.  To book your table visit or call them at (02)908-8833.

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